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Property People on the Move

Inglis Rural Property team expands | Ben Forrest branches out | Daniel McCulloch goes solo | Clayton Smith joins JLL | CBRE appoints high profile rural chairman | RWR donates to Drought Angels Source: Beef Central Property People on the Move

Weekly property review: What lies ahead for grazing land sales in 2020?

In our final weekly property review for 2019, property industry identities share their thoughts on the year that has been, and what to expect over the coming 12 months. Source: Beef Central Weekly property review: What lies ahead for grazing land sales in 2020?

US beef agreement with EU re-focuses need for Australia to achieve the same

An agreement signed earlier this month providing greater access for US beef to the high-value European Union market has upped the ante for Australia to achieve a similar outcome.  Source: Beef Central US beef agreement with EU re-focuses need for Australia to achieve the same

Trapping atoms to understand Australia’s groundwater + VIDEO

It is now possible to date groundwater samples from one million years to just a few decades old, under new tools now available to Australian scientists. Source: Beef Central Trapping atoms to understand Australia’s groundwater + VIDEO

WA sheep and cattle fund releases grants for wild dog control

GAPS in wild dog control activities within Western Australia’s dog-fenced areas will be addressed by industry-funded grants announced today. Source: Sheep Central WA sheep and cattle fund releases grants for wild dog control

Roma store sale 10 Dec 2019: Competition remains firm for quality lines

Medium weight lighter condition cows experienced improvements with an increase in restocker competition, while heavy weight cows fell when compared to the previous week. Source: Beef Central Roma store sale 10 Dec 2019: Competition remains firm for quality lines

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 11 December 2019

THUNDERSTORMS across far northern Australia generated falls, while a westerly flow produced persistent rainfall in western Tasmania. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 11 December 2019

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 11 Dec 2019

Thunderstorms across far northern Australia generated falls, while a westerly flow produced persistent rainfall in western Tasmania. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 11 Dec 2019

Govt pushes $66m towards strengthening biosecurity defences over exotic disease

The Federal Government has committed $66.6 million to help arrest the threat posed to Australia by the global advance of African Swine Fever, with the extra funding putting more officers, detector dogs and state-of-the-art x-ray machines on the front line at airports and other access points for people and imported goods. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

Kazakhstan live export order in limbo

Victorian cattle breeders could miss out on access to a live export contract for thousands of cattle to be sent to Kazakhstan because of government red tape. Source: ABC Livestock Kazakhstan live export order in limbo

NSW opens new pathways to ag education

The NSW Government has moved to raise the education profile of agriculture through a new Centre of Excellence in Agricultural Education in the Hawkesbury, and initiatives at Richmond High School and the Hurlstone Agricultural High School. Source: Grain Central NSW opens new pathways to ag education

Lamb processor Frewstal goes to solar and wood chips for energy

A PLAN to generate two thirds of Victorian lamb processor Frewstal’s electricity needs with solar energy heads its investments to lift efficiency, productivity, sustainability and product shelf life. Source: Sheep Central Lamb processor Frewstal goes to solar and wood chips for energy

Vale Frank Evans, 1931-2019

Another link with the halcyon Newmarket livestock saleyard days in Victoria has gone with the passing this week of veteran stock agent Frank Evans, aged 88. Source: Beef Central Vale Frank Evans, 1931-2019

Weekly kill: Alarming swings being seen in imported lean beef markets

What goes up, must come down, the old saying goes, and the export beef industry is seeing it manifested in the most dramatic way this week, as lean manufacturing beef prices slump alarmingly, after an earlier period of equally dramatic recent rises. Source: Beef Central Weekly kill: Alarming swings being seen in imported lean… Read more »

Online wool sales hit by falling demand before Christmas

AUCTIONSPLUS wool sales were confined to a 25-bale line of Merino fleece wool last week as demand followed the pre-Christmas trend of auction trading. Source: Sheep Central Online wool sales hit by falling demand before Christmas

$20 million-plus GIC distribution now expected early next year

AUSTRALIAN wool growers are unlikely to get their share of a $20 million-plus distribution of funds from the liquidated grower-owned entity Graziers’ Investment Company before Christmas. Source: Sheep Central million-plus GIC distribution now expected early next year

Safety warning for quad bikes, side-by-sides

Since 2011, 136 people have died as a result of quad bike accidents, while thousands more have been seriously injured. Source: Beef Central Safety warning for quad bikes, side-by-sides

Wagga sale 9 Dec 2019: Prices lower as quality slips

Cattle markets in the past week have been erratic and Wagga experienced the same fluctuating price trends, depending on quality and competition. Source: Beef Central Wagga sale 9 Dec 2019: Prices lower as quality slips

Impact of drought becoming more pronounced

The effects of the continuing drought are becoming more pronounced with falling production and high input costs presenting serious challenges in many regions, especially in New South Wales and Queensland according to the latest Agricultural Commodities report released this morning. Source: Beef Central Impact of drought becoming more pronounced

Technology uptake recognised in meat processor’s Woolies supplier award

A strong emphasis on technology adoption was recognised last week when Victorian red meat processor Frewstal was announced as Woolworths’ protein supplier of the year for 2019. Source: Beef Central Technology uptake recognised in meat processor’s Woolies supplier award

Ag production falls for third year in row: ABARES

The effects of the continuing drought are becoming more pronounced with falling production and high input costs presenting serious challenges, especially in NSW and Qld, according to ABARES’ latest Agricultural Commodities report. Source: Grain Central Ag production falls for third year in row: ABARES

Agribusiness confidence drifts lower as dry grinds on: NAB

Challenging seasonal conditions and poor crop performance have led to a flattening of agribusiness conditions in the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2019, according to NAB’s quarterly Agribusiness Survey. Source: Grain Central Agribusiness confidence drifts lower as dry grinds on: NAB

Mock African swine fever outbreak tested in 'Exercise Razorback'

If African Swine Fever gets into Australia what happens next? Authorities have played out a mock scenario to work out how to best handle an outbreak. Source: ABC Livestock Mock African swine fever outbreak tested in ‘Exercise Razorback’

Pictures show emaciated Australian cattle in Indonesian Govt breeding program

Photographs have emerged showing Australian breeders in emaciated condition in Indonesia, raising renewed questions about the lack of welfare assurances for Australian breeding cattle exported to foreign countries. Source: Beef Central Pictures show emaciated Australian cattle in Indonesian Govt breeding program

Farm Household Allowance asset test simplified by government

CHANGES to the Farm Household Allowance that simplify the asset test for farming families have passed Federal Parliament. Source: Sheep Central Farm Household Allowance asset test simplified by government

Pig PICs are important for sheep and cattle too….

AGRICULTURE Victoria is reminding pig owners that every property with livestock is legally required to have a Property Identification Code or PIC. Source: Sheep Central Pig PICs are important for sheep and cattle too….

NAB survey highlights lamb strength and drought impact

LAMB and mutton sector resilience has failed to offset a flattening of agribusiness conditions due to seasonal conditions in the last quarter of 2019, according to the latest NAB Agribusiness… Source: Sheep Central NAB survey highlights lamb strength and drought impact

Merino ewe hoggets sell to $262 on AuctionsPlus

DEMAND intensified for breeding sheep on AuctionsPlus last week, with Merino ewe hoggets selling to $262 and older ewes making to $252. Source: Sheep Central Merino ewe hoggets sell to 2 on AuctionsPlus

$3.73m to help beef producers benchmark sustainability practices

Federal funding of $3.73 million has been allocated to a new project to help beef producers assess their land management practices against a new national online sustainability framework being developed by industry. Source: Beef Central .73m to help beef producers benchmark sustainability practices

Feedgrain Focus: Wait for wheat lifts prices

Some heat-related harvest bans and Wimmera growers’ willingness to hold sales after cashing hay and canola maintained upside pressure on cash and futures. Yields remain below average from WA to southern Queensland. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Wait for wheat lifts prices

Low A$ expected to underpin beef exports during 2020

The Australian dollar currently sits at US68.3c – down 7pc on the same time last year – and banks currently forecast that it will remain low during 2020, helping underpin competitiveness in Australian beef exports. Source: Beef Central Low A$ expected to underpin beef exports during 2020

Non-mulesed flocks act on sheep freeze branding status

AWEX is maintaining silence on its position on sheep freeze branding as some Merino breeders mount a campaign opposing the procedure’s recognition as a ‘non-mulesed’ classification on the National Wool… Source: Sheep Central Non-mulesed flocks act on sheep freeze branding status

Drought prompts cuts to Namoi Cotton jobs, cashflow

Major Australian ginner and marketer Namoi Cotton has shed 50 jobs and cut its cashflow estimates in a restructure designed to help it weather the current drought. Source: Grain Central Drought prompts cuts to Namoi Cotton jobs, cashflow

Rural confidence hits 15-month low, but above previous droughts: Rabobank

Sentiment in the nation’s agricultural sector is at a 15-month low as Australia’s farmers brace for a hot, dry summer with drought conditions intensifying across large swathes of the country Source: Grain Central Rural confidence hits 15-month low, but above previous droughts: Rabobank

Drought keeps locust threat in check

Australian plague locust numbers remained very low over spring and the summer outlook is for very low population densities to continue in most regions of inland eastern Australia. Source: Grain Central Drought keeps locust threat in check

Canada’s Pauline shears record 510 lambs in 8 hours

NEW Zealand-based Canadian shearer Pauline Bolay has become a world record holder in an historic day in a Waikato wool shed. Source: Sheep Central Canada’s Pauline shears record 510 lambs in 8 hours

That's a wrap, baby — alpaca breeders, weavers capture discerning buyers

A pair of alpaca breeders are weaving their fleece into baby wraps and selling exclusively to a tight-knit online community of international customers at premium prices. Source: ABC Livestock That’s a wrap, baby — alpaca breeders, weavers capture discerning buyers

Disturbing pictures show fate of Australian cattle sold to Indonesian Government

Hundreds of Australian cattle sold to the Indonesian Government in 2018 for breeding are malnourished or dead. Images obtained by the ABC show the rotting corpses of animals that could have bred for several years. Source: ABC Livestock Disturbing pictures show fate of Australian cattle sold to Indonesian Government

Light heifers lift in value, in 12,648 head AuctionsPlus offering

Cattle numbers listed on AuctionsPlus totalled 12,648 this week, firm on the week before. There were significant price increases for steers and heifer categories under 330kg, with heifers less than 200kg increasing by 21c to average 278c. Source: Beef Central Light heifers lift in value, in 12,648 head AuctionsPlus offering

10 great Christmas gift ideas for meat lovers

From meat thermometers to high-end dry aging cabinets, here are 10 gift ideas for the beef lovers in your life this Christmas. Source: Beef Central 10 great Christmas gift ideas for meat lovers

Canadian shearer to attempt world 8-hour lamb record

WORRIES about a possible December storm in an otherwise warm New Zealand summer has resulted in Canadian shearer Pauline Bolay’s historic world shearing record attempt being brought-forward to tomorrow. Source: Sheep Central Canadian shearer to attempt world 8-hour lamb record

Forward wool market tires as pre-Christmas demand wanes

THE forward wool market finally fatigued this week as buyers finally relinquished their support into the first quarter of 2020. Source: Sheep Central Forward wool market tires as pre-Christmas demand wanes

Opinion: 2030 – What is your bottom line going to look like?

Agribusiness consultant Ian McLean from Bush Agribusiness offers his thoughts on the industry’s Red Meat 2030 document, and what it means for priority setting over the next decade. Source: Beef Central Opinion: 2030 – What is your bottom line going to look like?

Saleyard numbers move trade lamb price closer to mutton rate

SALEYARD trade, export and restocker lamb prices slipped across the eastern states in the past week as seasonal conditions and water concerns increased sales of lighter lambs in the north and the southern sucker turn-off gained momentum. Source: Sheep Central Saleyard numbers move trade lamb price closer to mutton rate

Shipping deadlines, a stronger dollar and volumes hit wool demand

AUSTRALIAN wool prices continued to deteriorate this week as demand was hit by a stronger dollar and increased supply, and tightening shipping deadlines leading up to the Chinese New Year. Source: Sheep Central Shipping deadlines, a stronger dollar and volumes hit wool demand

Harvest focus shifts south as drought-hit NSW deliveries wind down

Market attention has shifted to the Victorian and South Australian harvest as NSW growers park the header after a drought-shortened harvest, and reconsider the future for canola as a crop for hay or grazing instead of cash. Source: Grain Central Harvest focus shifts south as drought-hit NSW deliveries wind down

A few facts about fake meat

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and that is how fake meat should be viewed, not as a threat to beef producers, but a sincere endorsement of the extreme desirability of beef, the prince of meats. Source: Beef Central A few facts about fake meat

Reinforcing the magic of red meat for Australian athletes

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) and Sports Dietitians Australia (SDA) have entered into a new partnership to develop practical nutrition resources designed to help Australians enjoy red meat as part of a healthy diet. Source: Beef Central Reinforcing the magic of red meat for Australian athletes

$1.9 million for farm safety awareness campaign

A $1.9 million grant has been announced for FarmSafe Australia to fund awareness and education campaigns to help prevent farm accidents such as quad bike rollovers. Source: Grain Central .9 million for farm safety awareness campaign

Dubbo sale 5 Dec 2019: Downward trend continues

Cows continue their downward trend losing a further 8c to 13c however young cattle to the restockers were the highlight lifting in price by up to 20c with solid interest from southern restockers. Source: Beef Central Dubbo sale 5 Dec 2019: Downward trend continues

Hardwick appointed to lead AMIC for next four years

INDUSTRY veteran Gary Hardwick has been appointed chairman of the peak processing, wholesale, retail and smallgoods body, the Australian Meat Industry Council. Source: Sheep Central Hardwick appointed to lead AMIC for next four years

SA’s versatile Maylands has cattle potential

Prized South Australian grazing and farming aggregation Maylands is being offered to the market by way of expression of interest. Source: Beef Central SA’s versatile Maylands has cattle potential

Weekly Property Review: Defining property sales in 2019

In our second last weekly property review for 2019, we present a state-by-state snapshot of the defining property sales across Australia, as reported over the past 12 months. Source: Beef Central Weekly Property Review: Defining property sales in 2019

2019 bull sales: 13pc decline in numbers sold at auction

A combination of fewer bulls being catalogued for sale by bull breeders, and lower sale clearance rates has driven a 13 percent decline in the number of bulls sold at auction this year across Australia, Beef Central’s annual analysis of bull sale trends has shown. Source: Beef Central 2019 bull sales: 13pc decline in… Read more »

2019 bull sales: Your complete guide to how each major beef breed fared

Beef Central’s annual breed-by-breed analysis of bull sales during 2019 exposes wide variance in performance, based on average prices and numbers of bulls sold per breed Source: Beef Central 2019 bull sales: Your complete guide to how each major beef breed fared

Agriculture, Environment Departments to merge in Federal shake up

A major restructure of the Australian public service was today announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison that will see the number of Federal Departments reduce from 18 to 14. Source: Beef Central Agriculture, Environment Departments to merge in Federal shake up

AWI reviewer to lead new Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment

AUSTRALIA’S new Agriculture, Water and Environment Department will be led by Andrew Metcalfe AO – the man who lead last year’s Ernst Young review into Australian Wool Innovation’s performance and governance. Source: Sheep Central AWI reviewer to lead new Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment

High-tech seed processing plant boosts Pacific Seeds’ capacity

Pacific Seeds has today launched a $2.4-million, custom-built processing plant at its main production centre at Toowoomba in southern Queensland. Source: Grain Central High-tech seed processing plant boosts Pacific Seeds’ capacity

Local scientists recognised on World Soils Day

With today officially designated ‘World Soils Day’, two New South Wales soil scientists have been listed in the top 1 per cent of global researchers by the Web of Science group. Source: Grain Central Local scientists recognised on World Soils Day

$1.9 million for farm safety awareness campaign

A $1.9 million grant has been announced for FarmSafe Australia to fund awareness and education campaigns to help prevent farm accidents such as quad bike rollovers.  Source: Beef Central .9 million for farm safety awareness campaign

Dalby sale 4 Dec 2019: Weaners sell to cheaper rates

The supply of stock reduced from the very high level of the previous week with 2,359 head less to 6,715. Source: Beef Central Dalby sale 4 Dec 2019: Weaners sell to cheaper rates

Coles in massive $5 million payment to dairy farmers

Coles will pay more than $5 million to Norco dairy farmers after it was found it had not passed on the full amount of a milk price rise, despite claiming it did in a marketing campaign. Source: ABC Livestock Coles in massive million payment to dairy farmers

Southern weaner sales kick off: opening market underwhelms at Euroa + VIDEO

Hopeful of achieving an overall sale average of 330c/kg, selling agents and participating vendors experienced a more sedate result that ranged mostly from 300 to 330c/kg, which was deemed satisfactory under the circumstances without being lavish. Source: Beef Central Southern weaner sales kick off: opening market underwhelms at Euroa + VIDEO

The beefed-up diet 'changing lives' but cancer experts not so sure

Beef for lunch, beef for dinner and perhaps a little bone broth for breakfast? It sounds like a doctor’s nightmare, but the so-called “carnivore diet” is gaining traction — if social media is anything to go by. Source: ABC Livestock The beefed-up diet ‘changing lives’ but cancer experts not so sure

Israel animal activists release footage secretly filmed on WA cattle properties

Pressure on Australia’s livestock export trade to Israel is mounting again following the release of footage in the country allegedly showing Australian cattle being mistreated on Western Australian cattle properties. Source: Beef Central Israel animal activists release footage secretly filmed on WA cattle properties

Low methane sheep in New Zealand – what a gas….

NEW Zealand sheep breeders are testing their sheep for gas to underpin the accuracy of the world’s first breeding value for methane production. Source: Sheep Central Low methane sheep in New Zealand – what a gas….

Ex-patriate Kiwi wool handler to sweep for Australia again

A NEW Zealander who became Australia’s only world wool handling champion is back in the shirt of her adopted nation for two test matches against New Zealand next year. Source: Sheep Central Ex-patriate Kiwi wool handler to sweep for Australia again

AuctionsPlus wool sales stall with market drop

AUCTIONSPLUS wool bale sales stalled last week as Australia’s physical auction market took another backward step. Source: Sheep Central AuctionsPlus wool sales stall with market drop

Chris Howie’s southern market wrap – November 2019

The sheep, lamb and goat space is bouncing along nicely, with lambs from Victoria and south-east South Australia yielding well and many being trucked to northern New South Wales and southern works for slaughter. Source: Sheep Central Chris Howie’s southern market wrap – November 2019

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 4 December 2019

THUNDERSTORMS developed across northern Australia, generating moderate falls, while a series of cold fronts crossed far south-east Australia. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 4 December 2019

Twittersphere not sheepish after Paul’s mail ram is stolen

POLICE have no leads but social media is doing its bit to help New South Wales wool grower Paul Cocking find his missing ram. Source: Sheep Central Twittersphere not sheepish after Paul’s mail ram is stolen

McCormack firm on RSPCA call to drop sheep vessel exemptions

DEPUTY Prime Minister Michael McCormack has indicated he won’t reconsider a government decision to consider exemptions for twin-tiered live sheep export vessels. Source: Sheep Central McCormack firm on RSPCA call to drop sheep vessel exemptions

Cattle productivity webinars to focus on injectable trace minerals

Upcoming webinars will focus on recent advances in trace mineral research which have delivered productivity benefits from the use of injectable trace minerals in cattle. Source: Beef Central Cattle productivity webinars to focus on injectable trace minerals

Roma store sale 3 Dec 2019: Weaners dominate 5600 head yarding

The market varied considerably depending on weight and breed quality, with the lead of the feeder steers selling firm to 8c cheaper topping at 311c for a average of 278c/kg. Source: Beef Central Roma store sale 3 Dec 2019: Weaners dominate 5600 head yarding

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 4 Dec 2019

Thunderstorms developed across northern Australia, generating moderate falls, while a series of cold fronts crossed far southeast Australia. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 4 Dec 2019

Chris Howie’s southern market wrap – November 2019

The cattle market reset seems to have come as a surprise to many considering the continued commentary around demand for 90CL grinding beef and the Chinese export market. Meanwhile, the southern industry is gearing up for the annual weaner cycle with large sales set to fire up immediately after the festive break. Source: Beef… Read more »

Runaway cow escapes slaughter, is rehomed on family farm

In a journey of a lifetime, “Daisy” the cow escaped from a cattle truck travelling from the Northern Territory to South Australia for slaughter, and will now help rebuild a drought-stricken family farm. Source: ABC Livestock Runaway cow escapes slaughter, is rehomed on family farm

China’s frantic protein demand rolls-on in November beef exports

China is now firmly on track to become Australia’s largest export beef customer by volume for the 2019 calendar year, November’s monthly beef export statistics indicate. Source: Beef Central China’s frantic protein demand rolls-on in November beef exports

Weekly kill: Grids soften as export meat prices ease and seasonal closures loom

Direct consignment slaughter price signals are becoming harder to distinguish, as more processors withdraw from making offers this week, confident that they have most of their kill requirements covered through to seasonal closures due in a fortnight’s time. As well as supply/demand pressures, another clear reason for this price adjustment is a big check in… Read more »

Winter crop slips below 30Mt: ABARES

Australia’s winter crop production is forecast to fall by 3 per cent in 2019–20 to 29.4 million tonnes (Mt), according to ABARES’ December Crop Report released today. Source: Grain Central Winter crop slips below 30Mt: ABARES

AgForce: Lay pregnancy testing major win for Qld cattle industry

AgForce Cattle President Will Wilson has described Queensland Agriculture Minister Mark Furner’s decision to allow certified producers to able to conduct pregnancy tests and ovarian scanning on their cattle as a major win for Queensland’s $5 billion cattle industry. Source: Beef Central AgForce: Lay pregnancy testing major win for Qld cattle industry

Wagga sale 2 Dec 2019: Modest rally after recent falls

The highlight on Monday was improved demand from exporters for the best pens of heavy grown steers and bullocks. Source: Beef Central Wagga sale 2 Dec 2019: Modest rally after recent falls

Red Meat signatories meet to discuss MoU review

The Red Meat Advisory Council (RMAC) has released a summary of discussions held during a meeting of industry and Government signatories to the Red Meat Memorandum of Understanding in Canberra on November 27. Source: Beef Central Red Meat signatories meet to discuss MoU review

National winter crop slump continues as drought bites

Australia’s national grain crop wilts to its smallest yields in 12 years as dry and hot weather continue to impact production. Source: ABC Grain National winter crop slump continues as drought bites

'Pretty bloody hard': Local businesses in tears as another NSW dairy farm shuts down

With running costs out of control due to the pressure of the drought, a well-known dairy in north-eastern NSW has no choice but to close, and it’s not just the farm workers who will feel the effects. Source: ABC Livestock ‘Pretty bloody hard’: Local businesses in tears as another NSW dairy farm shuts down

Meatworks in Northern Territory reopens after 16 years

The Northern Territory’s cattle industry once again has a large commercial abattoir, with the Batchelor meatworks officially reopened. Source: ABC Livestock Meatworks in Northern Territory reopens after 16 years